No, this isn’t about where to find a date, but where the female authors are on the list PZ linked to today of the “Most significant SciFi/Fantasy books of the last 50 years.”
There are a total of 4 women authors on the list, and one of them is J.K Rowling. Now, I liked Harry Potter–but aside from making a butt-load of money, was that really the best/most significant book?
This same week, a post over at Live Journal challenged readers to name 3 prominent women scientists. Can you do that? Can you name 3 prominent women scientists currently alive?
In both cases, there are great women scientists and authors out there, but many of us aren’t aware of their work.
So, name names in the comments, and educate us all!
I think Connie Willis should be on that list for Doomsday Book, as well as for collecting more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other author.
I’d like to put Tanya Huff on the list for having books that aren’t restricted exclusively heterosexual worlds, and for having strong female characters.
For scientists, I’ll name Sandra Hrdy (not a typo) for pointing out that using the word “harem” to describe animal behavior is charged terminology, and for challenging primatologists to examine their assumptions. Her 1981 book lit a fire in me, and greatly influenced my choice of PhD topic in female competition.
I’ll also name Marlene Zuk, another prominent behavioral ecologist, who’s also led a feminist critique of the way we explain animal behavior. Her work on parasitism and sexual selection completely changed the way we look at bright male plumage. Zuk’s 1993 paper in BioScience was a landmark, and she and Hrdy have both called an older, more famous animal behavioralist on his bullshit.
May Berenbaum is my favorite female entomologist, since I’d like to be her when I grow up. (Granted, since I turn 45 this year, I need to get going on that one.)
She’s currently one of the two female Entomology Department heads in the US, and one of the very few women in the National Academy. She takes no guff, does awesome research, and is also an extremely entertaining writer. (2 books of popular entomology writing–when Dave Barry gives you a book jacket blurb, you know it’s the real thing.)
Your turn! Who do you want Skepchick readers to know about?